Title: Accident risk and factors regarding non-motorised road users - a central road safety challenge with deficient data
Authors: Niels Agerholm; Camilla Sloth Andersen
Addresses: Traffic Research Group, Aalborg University, Sofiendalsvej 11, 9200 Aalborg SV, Denmark ' Traffic Research Group, Aalborg University, Sofiendalsvej 11, 9200 Aalborg SV, Denmark
Abstract: Almost half of all traffic fatalities worldwide are non-motorised road users (NMRUs). In Denmark, the number has increased with about 30%. NMRUs consist of about 63% of the injured in the Danish traffic. Much has been done to reduce the number of injured NMRUs with counterparts, while little effort is put into the reduction of the vast majority of the accidents, NMRU single accidents, which are about 90% of all injured NMRUs. There are no efficient tools available to reduce this number. A significantly better designed, maintained, and illuminated road network would most likely help. However, that is expensive and not possible for most road authorities. Despite this, the challenges with NMRUs in single accidents need more attention, if road safety is to be improved. The situation in Denmark is more than likely the case in many other countries as well; although the documentation is scarce.
Keywords: dark figures; vulnerable road users; VRU; pedestrians; traffic safety improvements; single accidents; visibility; road maintenance; cyclists; accident risk factors; Denmark; road safety.
Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 2015 Vol.2 No.2, pp.102 - 111
Received: 05 Dec 2014
Accepted: 09 Apr 2015
Published online: 26 Sep 2015 *